Nov. 26, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A rabbi has filed plans to build a new 3-story synagogue on a residential block in Rego Park, according to city records.
The 3-story building will reach 35 feet in height and sit at 85-94 66th Rd., according to the plan filed with the Buildings Department on Nov. 15.
The synagogue will be 5,242 square feet with a 1,580 square-foot apartment on the third floor for a grand total of 6,822 square feet. The building will include a lobby and handicap bathrooms in the cellar. The full first floor will be a worship area and the second floor will house offices, waiting areas and a lecture room.
A one-family home built in 1945 currently sits on the property.
The lot was sold to Rabbi David Akilov for $950,000 in February, according to the Department of Finance. He then transferred it to the “Congregation Ohr Eliyahu Inc” in July.
In April, Akilov began fundraising to build the new synagogue, according to a since removed gofundme.com page.
Reached by phone, Rabbi Akilov confirmed he was planning to build the synagogue, but wouldn’t comment further, stating he had to speak with his accountant first.
Why can a huge synagogue be build in a all residential area?
I hope it’s not another ugly monstrosity. There are plenty of temples in the Rego Park/Forest Hills area. We don’t need another one.
houses of worship and doctors offices are allowed as of right in the zoning code
So the oversized and way too tall houses on Jewel Ave and surrounding blocks comply with DOB codes? If the codes state how much money to bribe building inspectors then it’s up to code.
Not the proper place for a house of worship ps I’m Jewish so not against it just not the proper place on a residential street
That’s ridiculous. There are plenty of synagogues on residential streets. So what?
(I’m not Jewish either.)
There are 4 large synagogues on 108 st that are half empty. Why not attend/join one of those rather than building another one? Yes, I am Jewish too.